Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine is located in Alton, Illinois. The Alton Campus, formerly the campus of Shurtleff College, sits on 26 acres in Upper Alton. The location of the school provides dental students a unique combination of a small-town environment with easy access to a major metropolitan area.
The Main Clinic building (Building 263), constructed in 1986 and renovated in 2005, provides an excellent facility for clinical education with 72 patient-care stations. The Advanced Care Wing of the Main Clinic opened in 2006 and houses an additional 24 patient-care stations, as well as a new classroom (Roller Hall).
The Multidisciplinary Laboratory building (Building 283), the former clinic building, was renovated in 1995 to add a classroom (Hoag Hall) and a pre-clinical technique laboratory, now equipped with computers at every work station. The facility also houses a University Food Service Kiosk, a student lounge and the campus fitness center.
Public transportation is available from the Alton Campus to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where dental students have access to all the Edwardsville Campus facilities, including the Lovejoy Library and the Student Fitness Center. We encourage you to review the SIUE Ride Guide, a helpful resource to navigate the Madison County Transit bus system.
Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine also operates a community-based dental clinic at the East St. Louis Higher Education Center in East St. Louis, Illinois.
Alton and Area Attractions
There are many things to see and do in and around the City of Alton. Tourists travel from all areas of the country to enjoy all the attractions and the wonders along the Great River Road. North of Alton is Pere Marquette State Park, the largest state park in Illinois. South of Alton is the Camp River Dubois Lewis & Clark Illinois State Historic Site, designated as Site #1 on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, the "point of departure" for the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition. During the winter months, be sure to bundle up in warm clothes to watch the second largest over-wintering population of bald eagles in the continental United States. During the autumn months, the fall foliage in the Middle Mississippi River Valley can be absolutely breathtaking.
The Robert Wadlow Statue, an 8' 11 1/2" life-size bronze sculpture in memory of Alton born Robert Pershing Wadlow, the tallest man in history is located on the campus of the SIU School of Dental Medicine. The Alton Museum of History and Art is also located on the campus of the SIU dental school. For more information on Alton: http://www.visitalton.com/
Overview of St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri, the exciting "Gateway to the West,” is a quick 30 minutes from campus. The city hosts a number of entertainment districts including Laclede's Landing, Soulard, the Loop, and the Central West End, among others. Enjoy professional sporting events including Cardinal's baseball, Blues hockey, and Rams football. Visit the Gateway Arch, Grant's Farm, the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Science Center, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Anheuser Busch Brewery. Cultural venues include the Fox Theater, Powell Symphony Hall and The Muny. For more information on St. Louis: http://www.explorestlouis.com/